When I was telling my writing buddy that dude ranches were the topic of the latest post, her response was “dude ranches for kids?!” I responded yes there are lots! Let’s talk about what you can expect from a dude ranch family vacation.
First, there is most definitely a luxury aspect to dude ranches depending on the dude ranch that you choose. Some ranches focus primarily on horse riding, however, there is so much more to that. They can offer other activities like hiking, fishing, rafting, or even curling up with a good book. The ranches vary wildly in price, from pretty reasonable to saving several years to take a dream trip.
In no particular order here are 10 dude ranches that your family will love!
Located in Montana.
From their website “our Montana family vacation offers everything from Montana horseback riding, Montana fly-fishing, river rafting, and rappelling…to paintball wars, a kids camp and chuck wagon rides. Imagine a singular experience featuring luxurious homes, glamping, exhilarating adventure, fine dining, fascinating history (Lewis & Clark walked the trails) and unparalleled vistas.” Rates start at $444 per person per night for the winter season, the rate is inclusive of breakfast lunch and dinner, activities are available at an additional charge.
is located in Arizona.
The ranch is offers a kids club that is included in the cost of your stay. Your kids will find themselves on horseback, doing arts and crafts, hiking and swimming among other things. This place looks pretty amazing, howeve, rates weren’t readily available on their website.
Located in Pennsylvania. This dude ranch is 75 miles from New York City, so it is close enough to be convenient and far enough away to feel like you are escaping it all for a while. This ranch offers the choice of staying in the main lodge or in a private cabin, all overnight accommodations include meals and access to the many activities. The rates for this ranch are very affordable, and they also offer a kids club as well! Peak season charge is $850 per week, per person.
is located in Colorado. They have a kids program for kids of all ages, from horse riding to crafts and hiking for a picnic lunch. The rates per person start at $400 per day, including all meals and activities.
is located in New Mexico. You and your family can pick and choose the activities that you will participate in and also determine how much or how little helping out you will be doing. There are plenty of hiking trails as well as beautiful riding trails. Rates start at $284 per person, per night and include all activities and meals.
. Located in Montana. Looks amazing! They boast that Yellowstone is their back yard, it doesn’t look like they are too far off! Meals are included with your stay as well as free WiFi access and each room has a phone to use, your cell phone won’t get reception! Rates start at $1,926 per person for the week. This rate includes meals and all activities on the ranch.
. Located in Colorado was named a top resort in the world by Conde Nast Traveler! The best part? They have an amazing kids program that will leave your kids feeling like they are at summer camp! Pricing ranges from $325 per person per night to $550 per person per night depending on the time of the year for Winter and Summer respectively. The rates are inclusive. The rates include lodging, gourmet dining, the renowned kids program and most activities on the ranch.
is located in Colorado. This resort is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.They also have the capacity to host Bed and Breakfast getaways in addition to the traditional ranch vacation. Rates start at 2,295 per person per week, including meals and activities.
is located in Colorado. The ranch boasts beautiful guest cabins set against the beautiful Colorado backdrop! This ranch offers several unique extra opportunities in addition to the traditional activities such as, whitewater rafting, a 64-mile train ride, just to name a few. Adults start at 2,400 per week, per person, including all meals, white water rafting, and all on-ranch activities.
is located in Wyoming. From the website: “A guest ranch is the perfect place for youngsters. Your kids can fish with you at the ponds, get out the row boat or play on the dock, tube down the river, learn how to rope, play in the main yard on the play set, start up a game of tetherball or soccer, ride a mountain bike around the ranch, climb the small-scale boulders on the ranch and play pool or ping pong in our recreation room.” Prices start at $295 per person per night, including all meals and activities.
Tell us? Have you done a dude ranch vacation before? We have and we fell head over heels for the little ranch we visited. Read about it here.